There’s been plenty of talk about overprotective helicopter parents during the past years. Also called curling parents, these moms and dads tend to sweep every obstacle that may get in the way of their child. For them, it’s normal to for instance complain to a teacher about the kid’s unsatisfactory grade.
We at watAgame face this kind of parenting regularly. Usually, a child has broken the rules on goSupermodel or Momio and gotten punished by our employees or moderators. Then the parents contact us blaming either us or another kid.
The clear starting point in these discussions is that their kid hasn’t done anything wrong but instead received a warning or been removed from a community for absolutely no reason. That is in the parent’s point of view unfair, and now the kid is miserable.
”It was a friend who was visiting”
Here’s an example. An 11-year-old girl created an account on Momio, but the account was removed by us within 45 minutes since the girl had only written ”you’re ugly” to others.
A few hours later, her dad called us wondering why the daughter’s password doesn’t work. After us explaining the situation, his initial reaction was that it wasn’t his kid: ”It was a friend of hers who was visiting.”
That of course is possible. But then his girl would have been sitting next to the friend – since we could see only one device had been used – letting someone break the rules with an account registered under her phone number.
The company’s fault?
If another kid is not to blame, it’s the company: ”It shouldn’t be possible to write that kind of language in a kids’ service.” Instead of the problem being a kid writing bad stuff, it’s the system not censoring enough.
This is what we call curling online parenting.
How to do it in another way? We suggest that you talk about online behaviour at home and make sure your kid knows that common behaving rules apply also online. Get more tips from our previous post.